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Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2

Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2

Tokyo, Japan

In September, I took a short trip to Tokyo, Japan to explore the incredible city. I went to some of their most popular drug stores to see their period aisles.

Pads seemed to be the more popular option in Japan. I didn’t see many tampons but later on in my trip, I found a few boxes on a bottom shelf.

Here is part 1 of 2 from my adventure! See part 2 here.

japanese-pads-drugstore-18“Sanitary thing”
japanese-pads-drugstore-17I think the bottom right products are actually for incontinence but I’m not really sure!

japanese-pads-drugstore-14In some drug stores, they were sold in bulk. These ones were sold in groups of 3.


japanese-pads-drugstore-20Pads are located next to the diapers (see right side).

japanese-pads-drugstore-11In this drugstore, the pads are right next to the beauty section.




Can you read Japanese? What does the packaging say?


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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!


  1. In the bottom photo the box of tampons literally just says “soft tampons” in Katakana. Soft I think is the brand name. And oh the bottom right the pink pads say “Soft Body fit”. And it would the pronounced nearly like in English. It’s just pronounced Soft Tanpon with an n instead of m. The pads where you can see Fit in the Latin alphabet say “Air fit slim”. Pronounced pretty much the same.

    I lived in Japan one year and tampons are not that popular. You can find them at convenience stores and pharmacies but there’s a limited selection.

  2. The ones that come in three packs say “Fluffy” (fuwagokochi ふわごこち)…I can only read Hiragana, so I had to use Google Translate to figure out what it meant.

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